If you read two books this decade, read this one and Friedman's The World is Flat. ...but only if you want to know what is going on in our world, and only if you're interested in current affairs, politics, and business, and putting the pieces together. You can disagree with him, but you can't hide from what is happening around us.
This is probably the most stimulating and interesting book I have listened to in the last year. Great way to see the United States and how it can continue to be an effective leader as a country in an ever changing world. The United States hegemony will probably decline but our importance is the world will continue if we understand and respect the desires and aspirations of other nations. Our image as a nation is equally important, if not more so, than our brute power in helping to shape an abundant, dynamic, safe, democratic and healthy world for all its inhabitants.
A perfect book to read for anyone who plans to vote in the upcoming 2008 Presidential Elections.
I've read several of Zakaria's articles, including one adapted from this book, and seen him a handful of times on the Daily Show. He is witty and humorous on air, and it was great to listen to his new book, read by him. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interest in world affairs, economics, or international relations.
Marvelous "story" ... better than anything one could make up. Just how it is in the world, just how everyone strives.
I learned a great deal and got to hear Fareed at the same time! THANKS for the book and the communication.
Fans of Thomas Friedman will recognize many concepts. The author pulls in new ideas. Based on recent political and financial upheavals the book is a little dated but worth a listen.
I liked the stage-setting that this book offered for the world ahead of us Americans. It was great to read/listen to this book, then read "Crash Proof" and "The Little Book ..." (both by Peter Schiff). Scary stuff for future generations, including my retirement years!
Fareed at his best
when a Newsweek reporter can write a book to influence the critical dialogue of a nation that doesn't have critical dialogue as a nation and the folks who hold power probably aren't listening to books like this. So get out and vote?! Or not? Very easy to weave a narrative in and out of a topic this broad. Ultimately is there a need for this discussion? Yes. Does the author address the most critical issues? Not so sure there. We have just come from a very unpopular president who threw historical context to the wind and are about to elect another character who promises to do the same. Yet the pros and cons of rule by an educated elite (China) versus an elected elite (US, India) is touched upon but not in a more in depth fashion as I would have hoped. This lack of depth is made more appalling by the authors exploration of the US's educational system failing very poorly a significant percentage of the population. But no need to link these issues? He also seems to think we live in a world where muslim, jew, and immoral westerner can live side by side in brotherly harmony. Despite high oil prices... despite China's ability to do side deals with corrupt dictators who rely upon suppression. The price to acquire weapons of mass destruction are falling by the day at the same time the ability to finance these weapons is rising. Not that the absolute difficulty for Al Queda to acquire a bomb hasn't risen. Not that the disaffected aren't shrinking as a class (excepting the mostly muslim societies ruled by dictatorship). But the probability of the disaffected acquiring a weapon of mass destruction appears to be rising. The author appears to be quite cavalier about the challenges of our time. Western style individual liberties will almost certainly end up curtailed. Where is that discussion? Is Bush wrong to bring liberty to Arab dictatorships? Is the nation state relevant? For how long?